This year has not gone quite as planned, while there have been some highs the lows are coming in strong and it’s hard at times to stay positive. In short, I’ve been unwell the past few months and all signs point to my Crohn’s causing me multiple procedures, missing the outside world and all the people out there. But enough about that.
This week my family lost an amazing woman, my Nonna, who was always there to make sure you ate enough, worried about you no matter what, and loved you unconditionally. She was one of my best friends and I still cannot believe she’s no longer here. It breaks my heart that I’m too sick to fly home to say goodbye but I know she’d want me to keep fighting till I’m better and back to normal.
So today I’d like to dedicate this post to her and to all the strong people I’ve lost in my life, my Vovô, my Vavó, and my Nonno – My grandparents. They were the ones that stood at the heads of our families and brought us together, showed me both my Italian and Portuguese heritage and the tonne of food that came with it. They were all special in their own ways, loving and caring, strong and distinct and amazing through and through. I love you all with my entire being and you will always be in my heart.
But remember, no matter what life throws at you and I know it’s easier said than done, but battle on through, try and keep the positivity there, and humour goes a long way.